What: Skirmish, 21 or 22 Feb 1781, Col. Sumter vs. (Lt.Stuart, 71st OR Lt. Charles McPherson, 1st Battalion Delancey's)

Where: 33.7504, -80.6545

Maps: [map notes]

  • Mills 1820 Orangeburgh map, rotated to have N at the top:


  • JP: a likely site is 33.758333, -80.651666.

  • Lossing, Benson John, 1928 The Pictorial Field-book of the Revolution, Vol.II, Harper & Bros., 1851, p.650, f.n.2: "William Thomson ... placed in command of the 3d Regiment, called the Rangers, ... fought in the battle on Sullivan's Island in 1776 ... under the command of D'Estaing at Savannah... returned to his estate at Belleville near Fort Motte.". Also, p.687 "About a mile eastward of Fort Motte is the residence of Charles Thomson, Esq., known as Belleville. It was taken possession, stockaded and garrisoned by the Loyalists for a while. The fine old mansion, which I am told, exhibits many bullet marks made by some Whigs, who attacked a party of Tories stationed in the house."

  • NBBAS: Vol.3, p.91. "Sumter's Rounds", siege, Lt.Stuart, 71st.

  • Sherman, "Calendar..." P.399. 21 Feb 1781. Skirmish. "defenders, under Lt. Charles McPherson of the 1st Battalion Delancey's Regt.". To avoid long downloads, use option to "Save and view this PDF in Reader".

  • RevWar75   listing Belleville (Thomson's Plantation) 22 Feb 1781, indecisive.

  • Comments:
    • O'Kelley, Vol.3, p.91., note 138, p.498, quotes Davies, Documents of the American Revolution, Vol.XX, p.72; Draper Sumter Papers, 10VV69 and says that Belleville was 2 miles away from Manigault's Ferry. There must have been two Manigault's ferries, since Cornwallis referred to one about 5 miles above Nelson's Ferry.

    Related sites: Fort Motte, Manigault's Ferry

    Confidence level: 4